Mainstream country music gets an unfair rap as being universally over-polished and formulaic, a notion that artists like Kacey Musgraves and Eric Church obliterate every time they strap on their guitars. But there's a granule of truth to the stereotype, and a particularly damagin ... More >>
Todd Snider is one of America's most gifted storytellers. The songwriter, who first gained notice in the mid '90s with the song "Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues," writes the kind of songs that can both cut you to the bone and make you laugh at the same time. He has a knack for exploring and expres ... More >>
"I'll just wait to read what they say about me," declares Brandon Foster, striding past the line at Vesta Dipping Grill and into the sunlit dining room, where there's already a buzz humming from an early crowd. "He's the heartbeat of the kitchen," offers one of Foster's cooks. "He's incredibly genui ... More >>
My Bloody Valentine, who was last in town three years ago at the Fillmore, will return to the Mile High City for an intimate and sure to be overwhelmingly loud show at the Ogden Theatre on Monday, August 19. Tickets for the show range from $45 to $50 and go on sale on this Saturday, June 15, at 10 a ... More >>
Ella Moon, who died on Sunday, may not have been famous in the conventional sense. But generations of people share fond memories of this astonishing woman, whose namesake home -- Moon Farm, located in the Western Slope community of Fruita -- was a popular day camp for more than thirty years, and con ... More >>
The fourth episode of American Idol auditions took us four hours from the Mile High City to Aspen, where we saw many a Denver hopeful either break through to the Hollywood round or get the good ol' Randy Jackson boot. Unlike previous audition episodes thus far in the season, last night we fi ... More >>
Lori MidsonI have, in my grubby little hands, a copy of the just-published Vesta Dipping Grill cookbook, 151 pages of recipes (including chef Matt Selby's fifty dipping sauces), hot food porn, biographies of Selby and owners Josh and Jen Wolkon (who also run Steuben's) and a section on the " ... More >>
Aaron Thackeray SCREECHING WEASEL L.A.M.F's • King Rat 08.18.10 | Gothic Theatre You can't accuse Screeching Weasel of breaking any new ground musically speaking. But talk about the soundtrack to my young life growing up. Considering how I wore out cassette tapes of the band's songs solid ... More >>
There is no gold at the end of this terrible Matthew McConaughey-Kate Hudson mash-up.
Prior to the creation of the Backbeat Online blog, Westword conducted plenty of Q&As with plenty of rock stars, schlock stars, rising stars and fading stars -- and oftentimes only a small percentage of the conversations made it into the finished articles. So in the coming weeks and months, we hope t ... More >>
The saxman strives to keep the music classic.
Ten reasons to tune in country radio in 2006.
A jury takes Kroenke Sports' claims against a former employee at face value.
Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.
A handful of local musicians earn their stake at the Trail Dust Steak House.
By aiming for the lowest common denominator, Up in Smoke went over like gangbusters.
A new generation is rediscovering one of Denver's strangest bands.
The Hard Knock Life tour puts on a happy face.
Thanks to the swing trend, David Booker is very much in demand--again.
The Sound and the Fury
The criminal portion of the Greg Lopez case is over, but the fight for Spicer Breeden's estate is just getting started. Ask Sydney Stone.
DOWNTOWN POSTAL WORKERS TAKE A LICKING--AND KEEP ON TICKING.HANDLE WITH CARE CROTCH-GRABBERS, MOO COWS AND WACKADOOS--DELIVER US FROM DOWNTOWN'S FEUDING POSTAL WORKERS.